Art nouveau in fin-de-siècle France: politics, psychology, by Debora L. Silverman

By Debora L. Silverman

Explores the shift within the locus of modernity in fin-de-siecle France from technological monument to personal inside. The textual content examines the political, monetary, social, highbrow and creative elements particular to the French fin-de-siecle that interacted within the improvement of paintings nouveau.

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Rather than evaluate art nouveau as a divination or disruption of a stylistic progress, the book treats art nouveau as a historical phenomenon that is part of the broader cultural and political history of fin-de-siècle prance. It aims to reconstruct as precisely as possible the motives and meanings associated with a particular development: the definition of modern style as a nature style of interior decoration. What kinds of assumptions about modernity were expressed in an art of organic retreat and irrepressible curvature?

View of the tympanum and upper doors 259 61. The Thinker, by Auguste Rodin, 1880 260 62. Stained glass window designs by the Nabis, exhibited at the Salon of the Champ-de-Mars, 1895 276 63. Bedroom, by Eugène Gaillard, Bing Pavilion, 1900 Paris Exhibition 286 64. Boudoir by Georges de Feure, Bing Pavilion, 1900 Paris Exhibition 286 65. The Porte Binet, 1900 Paris Exhibition 289 66. La Parisienne, 1900 Paris Exhibition 292 67. The Chateau d'Eau, 1900 Paris Exhibition 298 68. The Gates of Hell, by Auguste Rodin, 1880-1917.

I hope the book also reflects the independence he always granted me and the autonomy he made me cherish as his student. During the formative phases of the project, I was fortunate to have the benefit of working with four other historians. Professor Jerrold Seigel suggested ways of thinking about the role of the artist in nineteenth-century French society and a compelling and original method for tracking the convergence of personal and social history. Professor Arno Mayer guided me through the bibliography of Third Republic France and alerted me to the tensions between bourgeois and aristocratic cultures in nineteenth-century Europe that have their resonance here.

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